Business sentiment is certainly improving. No more evidence is needed than the number of major projects underway locally. The Levee Two is opening up the town centre to our great natural asset, the Hunter River. Stockland Green Hills is approaching a landmark re-opening of its double size centre.
Maitland Private Hospital is in the process of another expansion. Anecdotally, we’re hearing of a shift in the job market in favour of job seekers and an upturn in housing loans and real estate activity.
The Hunter Regional Plan, the Hunter Investment Prospectus and the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan show the potential of the region. With affordability in Sydney at crisis point, our region offers attractive lifestyle and business opportunities in an identified growth corridor through Maitland.
Technology also enables a shift in business activity away from metropolitan cities bringing great opportunity. Local international tech businesses, Smarts Sports and The Learning Bar are examples of capitalising on the capability to be connected from anywhere. However, it can’t be denied technology infrastructure locally faces challenges, the disappointing fibre to the node NBN does not meet the needs of 21st century business. How can the aged, defunct and broken copper wires from the node to premises, with its associated delays and buck passing between old and new providers, be overcome?
Nevertheless, we have seen overwhelmingly positive change. From the drab, tired pedestrian mall of a few years ago, the Levee is transforming with the planners’ dream of a lifestyle precinct being slowly realised for the benefit of community and business. Maitland City Council’s work on local festivals is delivering a contemporary, funky vibe bringing people into our town.
In an event that combines tradition and modernity, we will welcome Ms Maitland Showgirl 2017 and Youth Ambassador to our breakfast meeting on March 16 to hear how this proud rural institution continues to bring empowerment to young women.
Join us at Best Western Hunter Gateway with our headline speaker Chris Travers, Stockland Green Hills centre manager, who will bring us a walk through video of progress and a re-opening update. Details are on our website: www.maitlandbusiness.com.au or drop us a line on 0429 343 340.